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Sunderland AFC v tottenham (h)...
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Sunderland entertained Tottenham Hotspur on a brisk Tuesday night on Wearside looking to get back to winning ways. David Moyes added Didier Ndong and Lamine Kone straight back into the starting eleven after they returned from the African Cup of Nations, Javier Manquillo came in at left back to replace the departed PVA.

It was a quiet opening period with Tottenham shading the time on the ball, Son was proving to be a handful however the Sunderland back four seemed to deal with any attacking threat posed by Tottenham had.

Mid-way through the half Jermaine Defoe almost found himself goal side of the Spurs back four, he played the ball out wide to Borini but the attack soon broke down as Toby Aldweireld pushed the Italian away from danger.

Minutes later Fabio found the ball at his feet but he could only muster a shot straight down the throat of Michel Vorm. This seemed to wake Spurs up as Wanyama forced his way forward and hit an effort towards goal; Vito Mannone was equal to it as he pushed it wide.

Seb and Eric Dier clashed heads and there was a feeling of ‘oh god not another one’ however luckily the Swede dusted himself down and was ready to continue.

The second half continued with the same tempo, with Spurs continuing to chip away at a resilient looking Sunderland defence. Eriksen had an effort deflected wide as the visitors continued to get closer to breaking the deadlock.

The Danish midfielder was looking most likely to get on the score sheet; his free kick from just over thirty yards out was well held by Vito.

Sunderland were really struggling to get out of their own half, Jermaine Defoe was looking isolated upfront; a very familiar sight this season.

On the hour mark Spurs had their best chance, an Eriksen corner was not properly cleared and the ball fell to Victor Wanyama who headed just over the bar. This was a real let off for Sunderland as they had failed to pick up the midfielder.

Wanyama was starting to take the game to Sunderland, he had Javier Manquillo in a tangle and a foul by the touchline resulted in a yellow card for the Sunderland man.

Spurs had a couple of chances late on in the match, the best falling to Eric Dier who headed just wide of the mark in injury time.

Sunderland earned a solid point against a good Spurs side. We defended well and kept them at bay. However, with Palace and Swansea picking up maximum points some of the shine was taken off this hard-earned point for the Lads.

Final Score: 0-0

ALS Man of the Match: Lamine Kone

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